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Psychiatry Advances Podcast Series

Discover innovative research and patient-centered programs at the cutting edge of psychiatry and behavioral health sciences on the Psychiatry Advances podcast series.

Psychiatric, psychological, nursing, and rehabilitative professionals will enjoy this podcast from UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, a national leader in the innovative treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.

Meet the Host

Loren Roth, MD, MPH, is a distinguished professor emeritus of Psychiatry. He continues to actively teach and work at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He is also the former chief medical officer of UPMC, as well as the previous associate senior vice chancellor for Clinical Policy and Planning, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mother-Child Brain Synchrony - The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression

Judith Morgan PhD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She observes mother-young child social interactions at play while simultaneously recording the brain cortical rhythms of each.

Behaviors and neural responses of children at high risk for depression (their mothers are depressed) are compared with those of non-depressed mothers.

This research gives rich information/prediction about behaviors, early child brain development-later emotional states, how maternal depression may impact upon the child brain.

Released: 10/4/21


  1. Morgan, JK.,  Silk JS., Woods, BK., Forbes, EE., (2019). Differential neural responding to affective stimuli in 6-8 year old children at high familial risk for depression: Associations with behavioral reward seeking , Journal of Affective Disorders 257, 445-453
  2. Morgan, JK., Olino, TM, Mc.Makin, DL., Ryan ND., Forbes, EE., (2013)., Neural response to reward as a predictor of increases in depressive symptoms in adolescence, Neurobiology of Disease, 52, 66-74

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This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered medical or behavioral health advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgments when making recommendations for their patients. Patients in need of medical or behavioral health advice should consult their personal health care provider.